How To Make Money Off of Halloween

September 26, 2007

Halloween has become one of the most profitable seasonal events around.  How can you get a piece of the $6 billion industry this year?

1) Buy Costumes on Clearance after Halloween
Places like Spirit Halloween setup shop in empty store fronts in September and jam them full of Halloween merchandise.  The day after Halloween they drop their prices considerably.  They remain open for a few more days to sell as much as they can on clearance, then pack it all back up and ship it off to a warehouse until the next year. Load up on cheap costumes after Halloween this fall and list them on eBay next September.

2) Halloween Video Profits
Get out your video camera and capture kids being frightened out of their wits or adults making fools out of themselves at costume parties this year.  If you get some really good footage you can upload it to a video site like Revver or MetaCafe and make a little money every time someone views your movie. Revver recently announced they’ve paid out $1 million to their video producers and affiliates over the last year.

3) Create Your Own Halloween Products
Create your own Halloween design and offer it for sale on  You can customize shirts, baby clothes, or hats and bags in Halloween style and make a little money for each item that sells.

4) Create a Halloween Affiliate Site
There are a lot of people spending a lot of money online the few weeks before Halloween.  You can setup a Halloween affiliate website and get paid a commission for every person that buys a costume through you.  Of course there are many sites for people to choose from so you’d need to make yours unique in some way. 

For example, I recently registered, a site that will feature only comfortable costumes. What fun is it to spend the night at a Halloween party in an uncomfortable costume? If you’re going to pay the money to buy a costume, why not buy a comfortable one?  Of course, now I just have to find the time to setup the site : )

Plan for Success
Like most seasonal events, making money during the season requires planning ahead and preparing for the big rush.  With Halloween only a month away there’s not much time to waste so get started on your Halloween idea today! What other ways can you think of to make money off of Halloween?


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4 Responses to How To Make Money Off of Halloween

  • Steve

    Some excellent ideas, I have thought about the idea on a Halloween website, but I end up looking at all the cool costumes and never endup completing a site. So I enjoy celebrating it instead.

  • denied

    These are all really great ideas. This is the first year that I am building a “scary” scene in my yard for Halloween – I’m expecting a number of kids and parents to ask how i did it and I hope to create a site that features just that – with some google ads and affiliate links of course!

    Great idea on the “confortcostumes” url. I need to think of something clever to get me out of my hole.

  • Lisa

    Great ideas for next year. I will have to check out the AFTER halloween sales this year!


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